Do you know what the best-selling and best-rated video game franchises of all time are? If you are a real gamer, you probably won’t be awed by most of the titles put forward in this article. No doubt, some of these games might be full of dust, existing on a shelf somewhere in your home or still roaming in your console.
Some of these games are relatively new, while others have been extinct for decades, yet they all have one thing in common: an abundance of sequels. Much like movies, when a successful video game has been released, developers usually don’t wait too long to bring out parts 2, 3, 4, something like that. Enough talking, Let`s get straight to the point and take a closer look at the top ten video game franchises of all time, regarding sales and people `s choice:
- Final Fantasy:
Final Fantasy is 20 years old but still a growing successful video game franchise, founded by Hironobu Sakaguchi, and is developed and owned by Square Enix. The franchise focuses on science fantasy role-playing video games (RPGs).
The first game in FF series was published in 1987 and was conceived by Sakaguchi as his ditching effort in the game industry; the title was a great success and spawned cont. sequels. The video game series has since divided into other genres such as tactical role-playing, action role-playing, massively multiplayer online role-playing, racing, third-person shooter etc.
FF series has since been commercially and critically successful; it is Square Enix’s best selling video game franchise, with more than 110 million units sold, and is one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time. The series is well known for its innovation, visuals, and music, such as the inclusion of full motion videos, photo-realistic character models, and orchestrated music by Nobuo Uematsu.
Tetris is a ever-green video puzzle game, formerly designed and programmed by Alexey Pajitnov in June 1985. Since its release, Tetris has reached the level to become a jewel of the video game industry with appearances upon nearly every console since its release.
The game has had many successful spinoff’s such as Tetris Attack, the original Tetris concept has barely changed over 20 years, with only minor improvements and fine tweaks being made to its gameplay and design. The franchise continues to make healthy sales despite its age. 23 years after its debut, its clear that the Tetris franchise is here to stay.
At first Pajitnov did not earn a dime from his creation; USSR copyright law meant that all the profit went to the government of the USSR and the Eastern Bloc countries. He only started profiting from his creation in 1996 when he and Henk Rogers formed The Tetris Company.
- Need for Speed:
Need for Speed, also known by its initials NFS, is a series of ever-green racing video games published by Electronic Arts and developed by several studios including EA Black Box, Criterion Games and Ghost Games.
NFS released its first title,The Need for Speed in 1994. Initially, it was designed exclusively for use on fifth generation video game consoles, but later was reworked to be able to be used on all seventh generation consoles by 2008. Almost all of the games in the NFS series employ the same fundamental rules and similar mechanics: the player controls a race car in a variety of races, the goal being to win the race. In the tournament/career mode, the player must win a series of races in order to unlock vehicles and tracks. Before each race, the player chooses a vehicle, and has the option of selecting either an automatic or manual transmission. All games in the series have some form of multiplayer mode allowing players to race one another via a split screen, a LAN or the Internet.
Need for Speed is the most successful racing video game series in the world, and one of the most successful video game franchises of all time. Over 150 million copies of games in the series have been sold to date.
- Sonic the Hedgehog:
Sonic the Hedgehog is a video game franchise created and owned by Sega. The franchise revolves on a series of speed-based platform games, but several are spin-offs in different genres. The protagonist of the series is an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog named Sonic, whose peaceful life is often interrupted by the series’s main antagonist, Doctor Eggman. Typically, Sonic—usually along with some of his friends, such as Tails, Amy, and Knuckles—must stop Eggman and foil any plans of world domination. The first game in the series, published in 1991, was conceived by Sega’s Sonic Team division after Sega requested a mascot character; the title was a success and spawned sequels, and transformed Sega into a leading video game company during the 16-bit era in the early to mid-1990s.
Sonic Team has since developed many titles in the franchise. Prominent members of its initial staff included Naka, character designer Naoto Ohshima, and level designer Hirokazu Yasuhara. Other developers of Sonic games have included Japanese Dimps, American Sega Technical Institute, Backbone Entertainment, Big Red Button Entertainment, and Sanzaru Games, Canadian BioWare, and British Sumo Digital and Traveller’s Tales. While the first games in the series were side-scrolling platform games, the series has expanded into other genres such as action-adventure, fighting, racing, role-playing, and sports. The series has sold 150 million units as of November 2014, making it one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time.
- Call of Duty:
Call of Duty is a first-person shooter video game franchise. The series began on Microsoft Windows, and later expanded to consoles and handhelds. Several spin-off games have been released. The earlier games in the series are set primarily in World War II, including Call of Duty, Call of Duty 2, and Call of Duty 3. Beginning with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, which is set in modern times, the series has shifted focus away from World War II. Modern Warfare, released November 2007, was followed by World at War and Modern Warfare 2. Black Ops, released November 2010, takes place in the Cold War, while Modern Warfare 3, released November 2011, takes place in a near-future setting. Black Ops II, released November 2012, takes place mainly in the year 2025. Call of Duty: Ghosts was released in November 2013. In May 2014, Advanced Warfare was announced. On April 9, 2015, Treyarch announced Black Ops III.
The Call of Duty games are published and owned by Activision. While Infinity Ward is still a developer, Treyarch and Sledgehammer Games also develop several of the titles with the release of the studios’ games alternating with each other. Some games have been developed by Gray Matter Interactive, Nokia, Exakt Entertainment, Spark Unlimited, Amaze Entertainment, n-Space, Aspyr, Rebellion Developments, Ideaworks Game Studio, and nStigate Games. The games use a variety of engines, including the id Tech 3, the Treyarch NGL, and the IW engine.
As of April 2015, the Call of Duty series has sold over 175 million copies. Sales of all Call of Duty games topped US$10 billion.